Sexually transmitted disease on rise in West Norfolk

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A rise has been seen in the number of sexually transmitted diseases in West Norfolk.

Figures released by Public Health England earlier this week have shown that there were 945 newly diagnosed cases in 2013 but this has risen to 987 in 2014.

Across the East of England sexually transmitted diseases fell by three per cent with the greatest impact seen in the under 25s.

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the region, followed by genital warts. However, the largest proportional increases in diagnoses were for syphilis and Gonorrhoea cases are also on the rise.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STI surveillance at PHE said is calling for greater health promotion on this.

She said: “The stats show that too many people are getting STIs. Reducing this spread must be a public health priority.

“We are particularly concerned about the large rises in diagnoses among gay men. In this group we saw a marked increase in syphilis and gonorrhoea. Gonorrhoea in particular is becoming harder to treat as new antibiotic resistant strains emerge.”

The organisation is urging people to use condoms , reduce the number of sexual partners and to avoid overlapping of relationships along with screening.